Farmer’s Market – Last Trip of 2010

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 25, 2010

First off, I’m having a hard time coping with the fact that it’s almost the end of farmer’s market season around here.  Several reasons.

It still feels like summer outside.

It still feels like summer outside.

It still feels….oh wait, I already said that!

It still…sorry.

The other reason that I’m having a hard time coping. Denial.

I am in complete denial that any day now it could snow. Growing up in San Antonio, followed by a few years in Fort Worth, then 6 years on a tropical islandI’m not made for winter.

So I guess I’ll just have to go pretending that this really isn’t the last week of the year for the farmer’s market.

I stopped into get some honey…needed to store some up for the winter. I got another large jar as a “refill,” and a small bear for dispensing.  Here’s why I got the small bear. Right now, we have a large, large mouth jar that I use for the boy’s cold cereal.  Every morning we go through 4 spoons dipping into the honey jar. See why…

  • Boy #1. Cereal bowl #1. Honey spoon #1. Licks it clean. (I put each licked spoon into the sink, as I’m not going to double dip into the honey jar.)
  • Boy #2. Cereal bowl #1. Honey spoon #2. Licks it clean.
  • Boy #1. Cereal bowl #2. Honey spoon #3. Licks it clean.
  • Boy #2. Cereal bowl #2. Honey spoon #4. Licks it clean.

See how we go through 4 spoons. Drives me absolutely. absolutely. absolutely. CRAZY.

Just one of those things in our morning routine that completely and totally irked me.  So in an effort to save my sanity, and a few drops of dishwashing soap, I bought the honey bear that I can easily squeeze out the honey. No more licking 4 spoons. No more opening the drawer for more spoons.

Ahhh…feels much better.

Here’s what else I bought…

  • Brussels sprouts stalk (pictured above) – $2.50 (Used them to make this pasta for a dinner party over the weekend!)
  • 1 Zucchini- $1.50
  • 1 Eggplant – $.99
  • 5.5 lb jar of honey – $22
  • Small honey bear – $5

Also, my friend Lucy gave us a gigantic spaghetti squash from their garden. The plan is to make this Chicken and Spaghetti Squash Medley soon!

Until next year Mr. Farmer’s Market…until next year…

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah October 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

Our local farmer’s market only lasted through August – and I’m in Alabama! The state ones are open year round, but they’re an hour+ away from me.

And I’m just curious – why didn’t they use the same spoon to eat their cereal?

Spaghetti squash was my dinner last night – I love all the different things you can do with them!

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Christie October 25, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Our farmer’s market starts in November!

Hope they don’t try to suck the honey out of the bear!

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Mary W October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm

In San Diego both my garden and the farmers’ markets go year round. Not tryin’ to make you jealous..just sayin’. :-)

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Cheryl October 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Erin,
I’m in awe of how cheap the farmer’s market prices are by you. (I’m only in Columbus, can you spread the cheap prices our way?) I tried getting local honey (to see if it would help with my allergies) & it was $9 a pound!!! $5 for the little bear (6oz). Also our Farmer’s market last day was Sept 30 but most of the vendors had cleared out by the beginning of Sept—it was dead.
I’m hoping to have better luck next year in my garden.

& I’m liking the warm weather, I need to get some decent garlic to plant (still) & here is hoping Thursday trick or treat will be warm (;

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The Working Home Keeper October 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

Only a few more weeks left for our farmer’s market. Last year it just wasn’t the same going back to buying fresh veggies at Whole Foods. I missed my farmers dearly. But this year, a new farm to table warehouse opened in our area. So I will still have a place to go to buy local even after the markets have closed for the season!

Mary Ellen

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Rebecca C October 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

“I am in complete denial that any day now it could snow. ”
Snow? What is this snow you speak of? It was 83 degrees here today. =P

Also, our Farmer’s Market runs from March to November. I really think it should run all year. At least I usually get some delicious honey for Christmas from my cousin the beekeeper!

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Irene D. October 27, 2010 at 5:38 am

Luckily some of the vendors at my farmers market in Summit, NJ stick around until the weekend before Thanskgiving. This week they even had a band playing. That was the first time I ever saw that. It’s kind of a festival atmosphere with bargain prices on the produce. It’s open every sunday morning. Anyone feel like a roadtrip to NJ?

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